100

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By Bill White
An allegory of our times, Shotgun Stories is a tragedy of biblical scale and an intimate family drama. Unlike the more lauded films of last year, which glorified a national preoccupation with bloody deeds, Shotgun Stories is a passionate cry to end the violence and a reminder that we, as free individuals, have the power to determine our own destinies.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Here is a tense and sorrowful film where common sense struggles with blood lust.
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90

Los Angeles Times

An understated gem. Writer-director Jeff Nichols, making his feature debut, has created a richly textured world.
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80

The New York Times

The film is a here-and-now American potboiler and a stripped-down parable that can be appreciated by any culture.
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75

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
The cast deliver consistently fine, subtle performances, underscored by Ben Nichols' mournfully melodic guitar score.
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75

Premiere

By Glenn Kenny
It's rare that a picture that deals with as much tragedy as this one also manages to convey as much warmth to its characters.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
An austere rural landscape, festering hatred, class tensions, terse dialogue - these are common currency in indie movies these days. Shotgun Stories uses them all, but manages to stand out from the crowd.
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75

Chicago Tribune

Director Jeff Nichols lets the action unfold slowly following an impromptu insult, but the escalation of hatred and pain feels natural.
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63

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Features a riveting performance by Michael Shannon as oldest son Son. He's definitely an actor to watch.
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60

Empire

An interesting first effort from Nichols - making him a director to look out for in the future.
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76 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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